May 25, 2010 (BRONX, NY) The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University a five-year, $9.5 million grant for the continuation of its Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC). The DRTC was also awarded a $632,000 supplemental grant for equipment and additional pilot and feasibility studies through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), bringing total NIH support to $10,177,000.
"These grants come at a critical time," said Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D., principal investigator and director of Einstein's DRTC who holds the Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research and is also professor of medicine and of molecular pharmacology at Einstein.
"Diabetes is already a major threat to public health and its prevalence is quickly rising not only here in the Bronx, but also nationally and internationally," continued Dr. Pessin. "With this new funding, we will be able to continue our important work, which is to support research and training related to diabetes and its complications, and to translate new discoveries into better care for people with diabetes."
Einstein's DRTC was among the first group of diabetes centers established by the NIH in the 1970s. Today, it is the only comprehensive center in New York and one of only seven DRTCs nationwide.
The DRTC is part of a larger diabetes program at Einstein, the Diabetes Research Center (DRC), which supports basic, clinical, behavioral and translational research. The DRC also includes the Global Diabetes Initiative, which conducts research and education to combat the world's burgeoning diabetes epidemic.
"Einstein investigators have made major contributions to diabetes research since the DRTC's inception over three decades ago, a tribute to Norman Fleischer, M.D., the first DRTC director," said Allen M.
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